Monthly Archives: Sep 2015

Refugee crisis: Council refuses to face up to reality – “Heads of State should support Commission package”, Guy Verhofstadt –

During yesterday’s European Council meeting, the European Commission proposed a roadmap to deliver a real European asylum- and migration policy. The ALDE Group has long called for this package,which is necessary to overcome the refugee cr…

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Volkswagen scandal: MEPs to table urgent question to the Commission, demand open debate in European Parliament

Members of the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee and Environment Committee have decided today to table an urgent parliamentary question to the European Commission, whilst calling for a full parliamentary debate to ascertain …

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ALDE urges EU Heads of State to agree on a comprehensive response to refugee crisis

Today the liberals and democrats in the European Parliament (ALDE) have sent a letter to the Heads of State and government of the 28 EU Member States urging them to find a global and comprehensive response to the refugee crisis in Europe….

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Hungary: Time to activate article 7

The ALDE Group has called today for the activation of the procedure of article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union under which “On a reasoned proposal by one third of the Member States, by the European Parliament or by the European Comm…

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They asked the wolf to guard the sheep – Saudi Arabia in charge off key UN panel on human rights

They asked the wolf to guard the sheep - Saudi Arabia in charge off key UN panel on human rights
The ALDE Group in the European Parliament strongly disagrees with the decision taken by the United Nations to hand over a key human rights role to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, who was elected as chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council.

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Cuba: Heads of state should not avoid conversations on Human rights and dissidents

European liberals and democrats in the European Parliament regret that Pope Francis has so far not tackled the situation of human rights and the dissidents in Cuba during his first official visit to the island, taking place between the 19…

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Exceptional measures adopted to boost growth and job creation for Greece

Today, 17th of September, the European Parliament’s Regional Affairs Committee, chaired by Mrs.Iskra Mihaylova, adopted the European Commission proposal for a regulation amending the Common Provisions Regulation of the European Structura…

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EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region adopted

EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region adopted
The Committee on Regional Development has today adopted a Report on an EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR). The Report by Liberal and Democrat MEP Ivan Jakovčić proposes a number of collective actions and projects with a view to improving functional cooperation in areas such as the transport infrastructure, economic development and protection of the environment across political boundaries.

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Extraordinary summit: “Tusk should put comprehensive asylum and migration package on agenda”, Guy Verhofstadt

Extraordinary summit: “Tusk should put comprehensive asylum and migration package on agenda”, Guy Verhofstadt
Commenting on Tusk`s decision to organise a refugee crisis summit Wednesday next week, ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt said:

“I welcome Tusk’s decision, which is better late than never. But the summit should not merely try to find a deal on the relocation question, as even an agreement to relocate 160000 refugees will not solve this crisis.”

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ECJ ruling a welcome boost to air passenger rights

ECJ ruling a welcome boost to air passenger rights
The European Court of Justice has confirmed that in the event of a flight cancellation due to unforeseen technical problems, air carriers are still required to compensate passengers. Under EU law, in the event of a cancelled flight, airlines are obliged to provide adequate care for the passengers concerned and to pay compensation (between €250 and €600, depending on the distance).

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